Logos and hashtags are bandaids, very short lived bandaids for discrimination. When the 30 days are done and not one policy of your organization has changed to favor LGBTQ+ then the only thing you’ve achieved is going with the crowd!
We are quick to realize when people we love have their check engine light on yet drive around with our mental health on ‘I know my car.’ We also know what we want to receive from people that we love yet seem to be stuck in an unrequited love affair with ourselves.
Although about 30 years ago the World Health Organisation-WHO declassified homosexuality as a mental health disorder many countries including Uganda continue to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Self-reflection and wellness builds onto self-awareness, self-love and healing.
LGBT+ activists and allies in Ghana continue to oppose the Bill and are fighting to prevent its passage into law. To support this vital work, All Out and partners in Ghana, started a petition to the Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee, and the President of Ghana, to reject and dismiss the Bill.
As we reflect on basics this Mental health awareness month, it is important to expose or name the basic issues causing mental health struggles currently. 1 in 5 womn have faced sexual assault on some level and are left carrying this trauma years after these incidents have occurred. Here is a story from our correspondent in Gulu on sexual assault and the toll it has had on her mental health years later.
RELLA WOMEN’S FOUNDATION STATEMENT ON THE RAID AT THE RELLATOPIA / RELLA OFFICES ON THE 7TH MAY 2022. Rellatopia Raided.
But on a sad note Rella Women’s Foundation was raided by the Local council leaders and the Uganda Police on 7th May 2022 at 4pm the LC came knocking on to the gate at the Rellatopia in Kisaasi Bukoto. On being questioned who was at the gate, they said they were the LC and had come for daily check in and a mandatory search among the people that were hosted at the Rella House of Hope shelter.
Well by definition toxic positivity is a dysfunctional approach to emotional management that happens when people do not fully acknowledge negative emotions, particularly anger and sadness. One might ask what is wrong with refusal to feel negative emotions and live on positive vibes throughout, the answer is simple life is made of balance.
This lesbian visibility week, it is important to bring visibility to issues affecting lesbians that people ignore or know nothing of. In such a week when the whole world is looking at us , is when we should be loudest! Lesbians face Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Gender Based Violence and mental health issues. For us to decide to only speak on the positive during this week gives the world an impression that we are okay which makes our issues watered down when we share.